Decorating In Shades of Green

Befitting St. Patrick’s Day, today’s post shines the spotlight on decorating in shades of green.

Decorating in shades of green associates a natural beauty with a tangible balance that easily flows from space to space and shade to shade, complementing the core elements of design and décor.

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Lismore Castle – House & Garden- Photography by Andrea Jones

History proves blue the color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day under the reign of Henry the VIII who claimed Ireland a kingdom in 1542.

Henry VIII of England, by Hans Holbein

With the formal creation of a new Kingdom, Ireland was appointed a coat of arms in the design of golden harp on a blue background.

It wasn’t until years later as a result of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 that green officially took notability as the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

Decorating In Shades of Green

“What color should be seen
Where our fathers’ homes have been
But their own immortal Green?”

— Author Unknown

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House & Garden – Photography by Simon Brown

Here’s a bit of color trivia:

Emerald green, a brilliant blue-green color, dates back in popularity to the mid-1800s.

Inexpensive to manufacture and therefore cheap to purchase, emerald green was a popular choice of household paint, and was widely used for patterned wallpaper.

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Ceara Donnelley Charleston Home – Photography by Brie Williams

Soon it was discovered one of the main components of the paint was arsenic, a chemical element when in an inorganic state proves severe.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Adam Albright

Damp spaces promoted the mold living in the wallpaper paste together with the arsenic to turn into a gas, creating a toxic environment.

It is believed Napoleon’s death in exile on St. Helena quite possibly was accelerated by his exposure to the Emerald green wallpaper decorating his favorite room.

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Some perceive the color connection between St. Patrick’s Day and the color green to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

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House & Garden – Photography Robert O’Byrne

I reached out to The Irish Aesthete, Robert O’Byrne, to ask his permission to use his photo of the marquetry floors in the grand salon at Ballyfin.

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The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne

He could not have been more gracious, and his knowledge of Ireland coupled with his visually stunning book, The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne, is quite impressive.

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Marquetry Floors of the Salon at Ballyfin, County Laois – The Irish Aesthete

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The Ruins of Kilcrea in County Cork – Robert Byrne

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Sarah Winchester Studios

Decorating in shades of green lends versatility and depth to the primary palette choice.

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Martha Stewart

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite
form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

— Oscar Wilde

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“Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.”

— Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

Clifden CastleClifden Castle, Ireland

May the sun shine all day long
everything go right
and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes
you wish come true.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight at these festive Halloween decorating ideas not too tame, not too terrifying.

It’s not too early to begin gathering festive Halloween decorating ideas and devilishly delightful goodies for your Halloween decorating extravaganza.

Bewitching decorative treasures festively bedeck your Halloween haunt for a day into night soiree of visual tricks and tasty treats.

Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Light the night and set a mood of stylish intrigue by illuminating your fright night soiree with distinctive lighting options.  

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Many moons ago I tricked out our kitchen and breakfast room in grand Halloween splendor.

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Black tulle, white taper candles, Spanish moss, a vintage candelabra, glass cloche, a decorative black crow, and magnolia leaves spray painted black dressed the night in fright and fun.

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Cat in Window Laser Cut Wood Tea Light Holder

Party possibilities range from pumpkin luminaries using clear glass cylinder vases to clear cylinder vases filled with moss, mini pumpkins and creepy plastic creatures thrown in for decoratively dreadful measure.

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You local dollar store is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers.

Did you hear the recent news of a popular dollar store raising their prices from $1.00 per item to $1.25 – $1.50 to offset rising production/shipping costs?

Now I guess we’ll call these party decor go-to stores dollarish stores.

Regardless, if you’re anything like me you favor festive Halloween decorating ideas like the following that remain big on festive Halloween decorating ideas fun, not big on festive Halloween decorating ideas prices.

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Candles.

Natural Moss Mix

Natural moss mix.

glass cylinder vases

Glass cylinder vases.

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Faux flowers in dark and boo-tiful colors.

All of the above make delightful and frightful additions to captivating centerpieces.

Koyal Wholesale Compote Bowl Centerpiece Mercury Glass Antique Pedestal Vase

Koyal Wholesale Compote Bowl Mercury Glass Antique Pedestal Vase

Creepy chic.

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Heart Shape Form Bud Vase

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11″ Grapevine Witch Hat by Ashland®

Centerpiece ideas include classic orange and black Halloween decorating accouterments, fresh or faux festive flowers, and creepy and crawly spiders and snakes in hauntingly beautiful form with a hint of chilling chic compliments of a can or two of spray paint in your favorite color(s).

Halloween Decorative Sculpture - Hyde & EEK! Boutique™

Halloween Decorative Sculpture – Hyde & EEK! Boutique™

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Iron Boot Jack Cricket

Halloween tabletop decoration today, iron boot jack cricket hearth  decorative figurine tomorrow.

Assorted Eyeball Tabletop Accent by Ashland

Assorted 3.5″ Eyeball Tabletop Accent by Ashland®

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The top hat tips its hat to decoration triple duty.

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Primp it out for Halloween, tidy it up with a gold band and pheasant feathers for the perfect Pilgrim piece at Thanksgiving, and top it off with glitter stems at Christmas as a tree topper.

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Fun idea found on Pinterest.

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It reminds me of my dress painting adorning the dining room sideboard that I’ll drape sheer white lace over and backlight for a white wedding theme.

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Oh, and the eyes on you throw pillows will work into the night perfectly.

The call to edit and decorate with items you already have is coming from inside the house.

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Create a little tone on tone visual magic with a can or two of spray paint in your Halloween color of choice.

Begin with a grapevine or straw wreath.

Hunt and gather a harvest of dry leaves, stems, twigs, vines, and branches from nature’s arts-and-crafts-store (your yard).

Spray paint both sides of the crop and allow to completely dry.

Snake and intertwine your painted gathering work of decorating art down the center of the table in table runner fashion.

Painted wreaths become everything from a cake stand base to a candle ring.

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Scary chic, super affordable befitting centerpiece and table runner problem solved.

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Pumpkin Man Tabletop Accent by Ashland®

Dark and eerie rules the night for adults, but may prove to be frightening for younger attendees.

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Halloween Black Crescent Witch Sign

Vintage style decorations make an excellent choice of theme for a family-friendly soiree.

Tabby Cat Vase

Tabby Cat Vase

Halloween Candy Bowl Options

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Vintage Copper Pot – EBTH

Hammered Copper Party Tub

Hammered Copper Party Tub

I lost my head.

Grecian Bust Pot

A&B Home Visage Medium Cement Vase

Stoneware Pumpkin Serving Dish - Threshold™

Stoneware Pumpkin Serving Dish – Threshold™

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Pair a grapevine bird nest from the craft department with a black feathered crow found in the Halloween section for a spook-takular candy dish alternative.

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A cast iron cauldron pot fits right in with the trick and treat taste of Halloween.

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Large Black Cauldron
Alchemade Pure Copper Ladle

Serving ideas for party potions of the leaded and unleaded varieties include a bewitching large black cauldron, copper ladle, DIY beverage dispenser,  punch bowl made from a pumpkin, and of course, dry ice to create a special effect foggy look.

Kitchen Ghosts

Special effects cast a spell of delight for the eye at a Halloween happening.

Dry ice punch bowl recipe

The dry ice punch bowl recipe from SheKnows spells how simple and safe instructions on how to boil over the Halloween punch bowl or cauldron.

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Skull Beverage Dispenser

Dispensers and decanters in the Halloween spirit.

Glass Decanter Skull Patterned

Glass Decanter Skull Patterned

Shade Skull Decanter

Shade Skull Decanter

Foster & Rye Skull Liquor Decanter, Clear Glass Skull Shaped Whiskey Decanter with Stopper

Clear Glass Skull Shaped Whiskey Decanter with Stopper

Take a pumpkin, stick a spigot in it, and you’ve got a party pumpkin keg.

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DIY Pumpkin Keg

What You’ll Need:

large pumpkin

serrated knife

long handle spoon

marker pen

spigot

Directions

Begin by cutting the top off the pumpkin.  Set aside.

Using a long handle spoon, remove the pumpkin seeds and pulp.

Select where you want the spigot to be on the pumpkin.  Using the marker pen, trace a circle around the spot.

Being very careful, take the knife and cut the hole out for the spigot.  Make the hole the same size as tap to eliminate leaking from the opening.

Insert spigot into the hole and tighten.

Pour the fall seasonal beer or hard cider of your choice into the pumpkin and place the pumpkin top on.

Your beverage will pick up a slight to complementing pumpkin flavor, so select with that in mind.

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Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

Devilishly delicious drinks, anyone?

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Non-alcoholic Pumpkin Punch

Ingredients

8 cups apple cider

2 cups orange juice

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

2  15 oz cans pumpkin puree

For Garnish:

1 cup maple syrup

1 cup cinnamon sugar

cinnamon sticks

apple slices

star anise

Directions

In a medium sized saucepan, simmer cider, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves for 5 minutes.  Whisk in pumpkin puree until combined with other flavor and a smooth consistency is reached.

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Eat, Drink, & Be Scary Tumbler

For an extra blast of tasty fall flavor, rim glasses by dipping the rim into maple syrup first and then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slices, and star anise.

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Cinnamon water is a delicious beverage option that’s as tasty as it is easy to make.

This stove top method brings out the flavor and color of the cinnamon.

Begin by adding 2 cinnamon sticks to 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.

Allow concentrate to cool before adding to cold water and ice.

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TableTop King 10 oz Wine Glasses, Stemmed Style in Red, Set of 6

Skull Ice Cube Mold Tray

Skull Ice Cube Mold Tray

Tablewares and Serving Pieces

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Tarot cards make whimsical place cards.

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Select a Sharpie in a commanding color and personalize with guests name.

Tattoo Tarot Board Game Cards

Tattoo Tarot Board Game Cards

Eat, Drink and Be Scary Serving Platter - Threshold™

Eat, Drink and Be Scary Serving Platter – Threshold™

Delivery!

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6″ Stoneware Cat Face Appetizer Plate – Threshold™

Treasures found, ordered, and delivered today make me Halloween happy.

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When Halloween party hosting for twenty or less guests, and with Dave the Builder sharing KP duties, I go with “real” plates, utensils, glassware, etc…

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Royal Norfolk Orange Stoneware Plate

Dollarish store stoneware plates and plastic chargers in traditional Halloween colors stack up a wicked good look.

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Royal Norfolk Black Stoneware Plate

Super scary-cute-sweet Halloween theme plastic and paper tableware options are everywhere this time of year, and make an impressive showing and an easy clean-up undertaking.

Royal Norfolk Red Swirl Side Plate

Royal Norfolk Red Swirl Side Plate

Metallic Silver Scroll Charger Plate

Metallic Silver Scroll Charger Plate

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Leopard love!

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Leopard Print Charger Plate

This Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board is so unique.

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Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board

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Skeleton Tongs

Rats and cheese go together like a Halloween themed cheese board.

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Black Wood Rectangular Cheese Boards

Rubber rats straight out of the Halloween decorations aisle placed on a black cheese board create a deliciously eerie display most Halloween appropriate.

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Natural beauty pumpkins are simple to make and simply elegant when completed.

Simply heat up the old glue gun (caution, it’s hot!) and hot glue lush leaves to the pumpkin.

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I hope one or more of these tasty and festive Halloween decorating ideas tricks and treats your Halloween soiree spook-takular.

Fetching Friday: Pretty Sights All In A Scroll

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on pretty sights all in a scroll. I find a visual respite from the unpleasant beautifully works to clear out the cobwebs and reset mind and soul.

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Luxe- Photography by Annie Schlechter

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Richard Keith Langham

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Janine Stone – House & Garden

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Utah Valley Bride

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Apt La Fayette

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Brides- Photography by Rebecca Yale

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Charlotte Moss – Flower Magazine

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Victoria Magazine

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Tucker & Marks

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Life is a beautiful experiment best served when we open our eyes, ears and hearts to the pretty sights all around us.

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Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

In person return to campus activities are a go for now, and with that comes one of the best parts of the back to campus process- the decorating of the dorm room with decor pieces from the annual Places In The Home dorm room decor ideas show and tell.

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Taking a basic dorm room and putting your personal style stamp on it  creates a home away from home cozy, comfy, and stylish haven to call your own.

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LSU Residential Life

The objective is to introduce the creature comforts you find you relate to in a positive, cozy, and comfortable manner.

Decorate your dorm room, townhouse, condo, or apartment with aesthetically pleasing accents and accessories in tune with your taste and personal style.

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Flashback to 1980 and my dorm room digs.

This flashback to 1980 photo of my dorm room digs is not the best quality, but it gives a general idea of the on-trend decor accents, colors, texture, and patterns of the day.

I forgot how much I loved the dark green ginger jar that was a gift with a purchase of Jungle Gardenia cologne, not to mention the plastic bamboo and rattan lamp in bright yellow.

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Let’s begin this dorm room decor ideas show and tell with accents and accessories in stylish color, texture, pattern and affordable fashion thoughtfully chosen to assist in elevating your dorm room digs to the wow! this is gorgeous level.

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.

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Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

Selecting just the right dorm room accents and accessories is meant to be a fun endeavor.

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Space saving solutions need not be unattractive.

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

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Don’t confuse affordable with cheap.

Customer reviews tell the tale, and the majority of them for the Linon Peggy 2 Drawer Writing Desk come in as glowing.

Excellent value!

Beautiful.

Easy to assemble.

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Linon Peggy 2-Drawer Writing Desk, 30″ Tall, White

Let’s be clear- this stacking armless chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair, Pearl Blush

A soft and stylish rug such as this Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug is a great choice for creating a chic and comfy setting.

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Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

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SAFAVIEH Handmade Casablanca Shag Vilma Moroccan Wool Rug – 5′ x 8′ 

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

A one for you, and one for your dorm mate pairing.

Cox 22" Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Cox 22″ Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table - Project 62™

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table – Project 62™

Comfy and cozy is an essential design and decorating element in this dorm room decorating ideas show and tell.

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag - Christopher Knight Home

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag – Christopher Knight Home

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural - Opalhouse

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural – Opalhouse

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

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Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. TwinTwin XL Comforter Set

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. Twin XL Comforter Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Novelty Print Twin Sheet Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Novelty Print Twin 2-Pc Sheet Set, 250 Thread Count 

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Home Expressions Tropical Leaf Comforter Set

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port - miBasics

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port – miBasics

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2) - 14"x9"x28.5"

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2)

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Calm Woman Portrait Art Print

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Album Frame

Album Frame

Decorative planters make excellent catchalls for everything from makeup brushes to K-cup pods.

Grecian Bust Pot

Grecian Bust Pot

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Style meets function in these super cute desk accessories and supplies.

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Novogratz Dobby Matte Rose Desk Lamp

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Desk Organization-Accessories-Supplies

 Gold "Hands" Bookend Set of 2

Danya B. Antique Gold “Hands” Bookend Set of 2

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Mini Beast Super Duper Loud Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Super chic in a 70s vibe kind of way, the vintage inspired Elise Vanity and Stool Set of caged rattan is a custom made piece for college into postgraduate style days.

Elise Vanity And Stool Set

Elise Vanity and Stool Set

Cosmetique Wastebasket White - Allure Home Creations

Cosmetique Wastebasket White – Allure Home Creations

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

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CozyBlock Large Modern Cosmetic Organizer Portable Storage Drawer

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer - Clear

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer – Clear

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Hover Image to Zoom 20.5 in. W Animal Laundry Hamper in White

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Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Channeled Sling Chair - Vegan Leather

Channeled Sling Chair – Vegan Leather

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Carbon Loft Stamper Cirque Bronze Metal Accent Drum Table

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

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Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

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Mesh Office Computer Chair with Lumbar Support & 360° Rolling Casters

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Blackened Steel Table Lamp

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Table Lamp

Joel-Mod-Ombre-Geometric-Area-Rug

Joel Mod Ombre Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red - Simple Designs

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red – Simple Designs

Hillside Side Table - Project 62

Hillside Side Table – Project 62

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Gymax 2 Drawers Nightstand Side Table Storage Unit Metal Frame Dorm Room

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Texture® Brand Trunk - Bronze

Texture® Brand Trunk – Bronze

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

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Exto 6Ft. Extension Cord

Featuring dual cast-aluminum tamper-resistant grounded 3-prong sockets, along with white stainless-steel housing and cover that are powder coated for durability and reduced emissions, the Extō Extension Cord includes a 6 foot 16-gauge cotton-covered industrial power cord impervious to oil and water, rated to 1,560 watts.

Non-slip, non-marking polyurethane feet keep the Extō extension cord firmly in place on a desk, table or countertop, while 4 holes on the underside allow mounting to almost any surface.

NCAA LSU Tigers 12 State Map Wood Sign

NCAA LSU Tigers 12″ State Map Wood Sign

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter - Room Essentials™

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter – Room Essentials™

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set - Room Essentials

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set – Room Essentials

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Rise & Shine 28 Bath Rug

Rise & Shine 28″ Bath Rug

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Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

Dash Mini Maker Electric GriddleDash Mini Maker Electric Griddle

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial RedKeurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial Red

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

Einstein Headphone Stand

Einstein Headphone Stand

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

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Anecdote Candle Vinyl Records Scented Candle

Wallet, and phone, and stuff.  Oh, my.

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Marshall-3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

Marshall MF3.2BLK-NA 3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

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Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Share the corn, not the germs.

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Dollar store runs result in disposable single serving popcorn bags, inexpensive treats, goodies and dorm room necessities.

The College Cookbook - by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

The College Cookbook – by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender - Black

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender – Black

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

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Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven - Black

Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven – Black

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

I hope one or more of these selections from this dorm room decor ideas show and tell offers inspiration for your dorm room or apartment furnishing.

Love your style!

Every-Day Beauty: Decorating with Flowers

As far as adding a touch of spring flair and fragrance goes, decorating with flowers is by far one of the loveliest, easiest, and visually delightful ways to bring the very best of the garden to the spring and summer decorating scheme.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Interior designer and tastemaker Charlotte Moss newest book, Charlotte Moss Flowers, is a delightful grab a cup or glass of tea-curl up with a good book guide to bringing in-full bloom beauty to house and home.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
—Henri Matisse

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware pitcher

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware

With the garden as her muse, Charlotte Moss celebrates the season of fresh and fragrant through inspired ideas for floral arrangements, tablescapes, and containers ideal for every-day living picture perfect placement around the house.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Inspiration truly is everywhere, especially at the movies.

Turner Classic Movies is featuring 31 Days of Oscar; a month long homage to the best of the best Academy Award winning Hollywood movie classics.

Multitasking at the movies is the activity I’ve mastered of late.

On monitor screen left is my blog post dashboard while on screen right is the feature film du jour.

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Classic blue and white in two lovely presentations.

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I get completely caught up movie set interiors and location choices, so much so I go from writing to capturing scenes for my photo portfolio courtesy of Windows PrtScn.

Of particular design and decorative accents visual interest is the breakfast scene from the movie Giant.

Chippendale, crystal, porcelain, and silver frame the scene, but the bowl of fresh gardenias steal the show.

Gardenias in a bowl will forever be a simple yet elegant decorating with flowers showstopper.

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Flower Magazine

Are you a fan of incorporating fresh from the garden (or floral department) flowers into your every-day decorating touches?

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Decorating With The Color Green

St. Patrick’s Day inspires decorating with the color green.

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The color connection between the St. Patrick’s Day and the color green dates back to the 17th c to what some perceive as an association to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

Beautiful French Room of green chair by Cecilia Rosslee

Beautiful French Room of green chair by Cecilia Rosslee

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Green is a classic color that evokes the splendor of the outdoors, four leaf clovers, St. Patrick’s Day, and the essential recipe for spring.

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Skonahem

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

– Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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Veranda

Classic color, texture, and pattern frames a picturesque setting.

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 Maddie Hughes Design

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House & Garden – Styled by Gabby Deeming – Photo by Jake Curtis

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Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green No. 81

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Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

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Zoe Feldman Design

Decorating with the color green is a proven in-house formula for amplifying the beauty and patina of the woods and finishes detailed in antique pieces.

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House & Garden

Creating cozy yet elegant spaces isn’t as difficult as one may think.

Believe it or not, antiques pieces are the answer when the goal is to create a warm, rich, and yes, cozy aesthetic.

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I love this “in my own little corner in my own little chair” space within a space in beautiful design and decorating with the color green accents detail by Ashley Montgomery Design.

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Ashley Montgomery Design

Antiques take very well to spaces enhanced by decorating with the color green.

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 Minnette Jackson – One Kings Lane

Scouting accessories and accents in the style of suggestion:

 Bengal Tiger Grass Fabric by Fabricut

Bengal Tiger Grass Fabric by Fabricut
Modern Faux Fur Stool Gold – Olivia & May

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House & Garden

Interiors that incorporate the color green as the main palette choice or well appointed accent color will invariably catch the eye.

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Style Forecast: Decor Trends 2021

Excitement greets a new year, and today’s decor trends 2021 show and tell highlights exciting style predictions coming your way.

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As for my personal formula of predicting interior design and decorating trends, I take into account various predictions from knowledgeable insiders, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

My personal advice regarding first of the year trends is to tread lightly into the what’s trending pool in order to eliminate decorating regret.

Good taste, judgment, and an impeccable sense of personal style will guide your decor trends 2021 choices.

Face Line Art

Home decor accessories and accents brimming with visual appeal prominently work the room to introduce two key elements in decorating- contrast and character.

Face line art pieces emulate drawings in the style of Picasso and Matisse, representing broadened interpretations and color choices.

Being a fan of the mix and mingle aspect of decor styles, I love introducing a piece of face line art in all its fun and funky glory into a traditional or formal aesthetic.

Entrecôte-Melbourne

Entrecôte Melbourne

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Dark Blue Kitchens

Color in the kitchen made the what’s on trend list for 2020, and here it is coming around again.

Timeless color choices stand the test of time and trend.

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House & Garden – Photo by Nicole Franzen 

Hello, dark blue kitchens.

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The Main Company

If total color immersion, dark blue or any other color, does not appeal to your color scheme and style, consider using the color on a standout feature such as a kitchen island.

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HGTV

Old-World Charm

I’ve long regarded the distinctive details found in old-world charm accents and accessories as conversation pieces.

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MyDomaine

Pieces rich in unique design features and storied provenance create points of visual interest and conversation.

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House & Home- Designer Mikel Welch-Photographer John Bessler

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House Beautiful

Statement Lighting

Statement lighting fixtures become capable components in the overall design focal point equation.

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Homes to Love

Lighting is relevant to the feel you want the space to convey, and statement lighting flips the style switch to focal point fabulous in both the on and off position.

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Architectural Digest

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Gold Accents

Gold accents will forever be on trend.

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Villandry Chic Luxury Day Bed

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

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Gold Hammered Picture Frame, 4×6 
Oro Gold Dining Chair
Kronburgh 20” Table Lamp
Kash 4 – Light 15″ Unique/Statement Geometric Flush Mount
24×32 Linear Portrait Canvas Wall Art
Carly Embroidered 14×26 Throw Pillow by Kosas Home
Kate and Laurel Celia Round Metal Foldable Tray Accent Table

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo Jay Wilde

Houseplants

Bringing the beauty of the outdoors indoors never looked so good.

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Lonny Magazine

Mudroom designed by Reena Sotropa In House Design Group

Copper Cookware

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Culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.

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Neptune

Copper cookware and decorative accents remain an elegant element and traditional choice of material to complement taste, space, and of course to compliment the chef.

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House Beautiful

Neutrals

Neutral colors are no longer thought of as dull, boring or unimaginative home decor, accents, paint and furnishings options.

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Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design

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Lonny Magazine

Rather a primary color choice to the space or color palette complement, neutral colors deliver on all focal point points.

I really do love how neutrals play so well together with the other colors found on the design and decor playground.

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House & Garden

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Studio McGee

Dark Hues

Moody.

Dramatic.

Dynamite look.

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Domino

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Mushroom Lamps

For some time now I’ve been noticing the popularity of the mushroom in everything from cookies to footstools to mushroom lamps.

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Yamini Designs

Toadstool trend?

It’s hot at present, and I must admit I owned and wish I still had both the aforementioned mushroom footstool and mushroom lamp that adorned my condo circa 1982.

Everything old is new again at one time or another.

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Wallpaper

Timeless designs, on-trend textures and patterns, and colors divine make wallpaper a classic choice of product for a quality result in interior decorating.

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House & Garden

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Elle Decor – Photo by Thomas Loof

This last decor trend is one that stands the test of time.

Personal Style

The consummate design aesthetic.

Finding normal footing in this very young yet promising new year proves an excellent motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiring decor trends 2021 it’s a decorista’s dream come true.

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DIY Fall Decor Project Ideas

Crisp air, nature’s bounty, and a hot glue gun is all the inspiration needed to get the DIY fall decor project ideas flowing.

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The little apple candle wreath that could is falls into my PhD (Project half Done) studies.

Believe me, the faux apples are not as red as they appear in the images.

They’re red alright,  but not quite as bright red as seen in some of the images.

If I could get the lighting right on both space and camera, I’d be dangerous.

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DIY wreath projects need not be a complicated endeavor.

Where’s the fun in that?

For this particular project I chose a Styrofoam wreath form.

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Remnants leftover from the umpteen burlap bags used for everything from placemats to gift bags came together to base wrap the wreath in order to cover the Styrofoam.

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Hot glue gun used for this step.

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Striving for a more polished look than that of the rustic burlap bags, I wrapped the entire form with burlap ribbon purchased from Dollar Tree, pinning the ribbon with a few straight pins to secure into place.

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Grab a paper or download a Michaels coupon and let the DIY fall decor project ideas savings begin.

Let me let you all in on a little secret…

DIY projects can get expensive, so clip those coupons.

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Place faux apples and pears around the form to get an idea of how you want the finished look to turn out.

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Heat up the glue gun (use caution with these things), and once it gets hot glue the faux fruit in place.

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Spanish moss is not only decorative, it covers a multitude of gaps and DIY mistakes.

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There you have it.

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I absolutely love this sweet sweet DIY potpourri wreath from Sweet Something Designs.

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Simple elegance comes to a door or chair frame near you by way of a bag or two of potpourri, a grapevine wreath, your favorite color, texture, and pattern ribbon, and the usual wreath making tools and glue gun to hold fall fabulous all together.

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Simple instructions of hot gluing potpourri pieces to wreath and topping off the look with a bow in your choice of ribbon.

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Laura of Garden Answer posted another wonderful fall wreath how-to video giving us five different options to choose from.

How fall flipping cute is the owl wreath?

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Grapevine wreath.

Hydrangea.

Pine cones.

An assortment of fall leaves.

Feathers.

Small craft gourds.

Dried and/or fresh floral stems.

Seasonal blooms.

Decorative owl figure.

Laura uses echinacea, rose hips, hydrangea, clematis, sedum, vines, pine cones, autumn leaves, and a most darling owl.

wreath owl supplies

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Jo-ann Fabric

Owl cute is this!

Pinecone Owl

Pinecone Owl

Magnolia tree flower and leaves

Flickr

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Items sourced and found at Jo-Ann Fabrics on a free shipping Saturday afternoon signals the cart is full of DIY fall decor project ideas.

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Jo-Ann-wreath

Purchased for this project list:

18″ Grapevine Wreath

Zucker Feather Products 12 pk Duck Gilded Feathers

Bloom Room Autumn 19” Millet Leaf Bush Yellow

Place & Time Fall Harvest Textured Ribbon 2.5″

Bloom Room Autumn Hanging Pinecone Acorn Natural

From nature:

Pinecones

Nandina

Hydrangea

Juniper

Fresh pine

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Nandina berries  fresh pine and juniper

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Placement is ruled by where the bulk of the clippings and stems fit best without much effort in securing to wreath.

Why make things difficult?

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Undone paper clips help to secure stems to the wreath.

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I hot glued the pinecones and hanging pinecone acorn to the wreath with ease and great success.

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Professional bow maker will never find its way onto my resume, but I can fake it till I make it with the best of them.

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A trusty loop and twist method works, and pipe cleaners-stems looped around the center and twisted several times holds everything in place.

Once you decide where on the wreath the bow will go, feed the “ends” of the pipe cleaners-stems in an over and under method through a couple of the wreath twigs in that section.

Gentle pull up on the pipe cleaner-stem ends to pull the bow close to the wreath.

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Secure the bow in place, twist the ends together, tuck the stems into the wreath twigs to hide, and fluff the bow.

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Gold feathers tucked in visually strategic spots

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wreath DIY fall decor project ideas

As time marches on the nandina is turning a stunning golden crimson.

So fall fabulous!

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DIY wreaths naturally mirror the beauty of the season.

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